Grateful Dead Live at Ballroom on 1969-04-13
- Grateful Dead
- DeadLists Project
d1t01 - Turn On Your Love Light
d1t02 - Doin' That Rag
d1t03 - Good Morning Little Schoolgirl
d1t04 - Morning Dew
d2t01 - Dark Star ->
d2t02 - St. Stephen ->
d2t03 - The Eleven ->
d2t04 - Death Don't Have No Mercy
d2t05 - Alligator ->
d2t06 - Drums ->
d2t07 - Jam
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|Turn On Your Love Light|
|Doin' That Rag|
|Good Morning Little Schoolgirl|
|Dark Star ->|
|St. Stephen ->|
|The Eleven ->|
|Death Don't Have No Mercy|
- CD -> Samplitude Professional v7.02 -> FLAC
- Boulder, CO
- Run time
- Transferred by
- Charlie Miller
Subject: Great Dark Star
Subject: Tale of Two Millers
The second trip to Colorado and the 4th show in the state; but the first [of 49] with recorded evidence. The first trip was in '67 and had three shows in a row. The first two dates of those were at the Family Dog, on Evans (at Pecos). It had just opened, a couple weeks prior, with Joplin/BBHC; an early booking for a young Barry Fey, who had received the blessing from Chet Helms to use the Family Dog branding and booking apparatus (getting Hendrix as well as Captain Beefheart during its brief run). The third date was a free gig at City Park, as part of the "Human Be-In". In fact, the preceding gig at Hollywood Bowl was likely taken to offset the trip and allow a free show at the Be In. The Dead played just a few songs, setting up on the berm below the steps on the west side of the Natural History Museum. Beefheart also played, as well as Lothar & the Hand People (the Denver band that pioneered the Moog and the Theremin as live instruments). Stinkfoot's photos. Timothy Leary came as the experienced be-in helper, and also led a meditation (and, natch, offered doses).
Not a shred of audio exists for the three '67 shows, but there were undoubtedly a handful of new Heads ready for the '69 return at the Glenn Miller Room in nearby Boulder (though it would have collected mostly college hippies - not lacking in Boulder at the height of Nam). This show is in fine quality: we have a nearly 2hr set followed by a 15min encore - all that is extant (with some cuts, mostly brief, and missing tunings). They returned to Colorado less than 3mos later, the other way from Denver, in Colorado Springs. This was mainly a ballroom tour, and they had played a campus ballroom the previous night, at U of U. They also played a whopping show a few days later in St. Lou. But this show is something of a hidden gem, even though it looms in the lore: this was the day Jer bought his steel guitar.
First Set. It seems like there should be a song in front of Lovelight, but it is probably the opener - you can hear Bobby test the mic to see if it's live. A fine enough version, although it does contain a whole blues jam inside. Unfortunately the end is missing, and it's possible it went over ½hr (common at the time; there's a 48min on 6/6). The cut continues, missing the first two verses of Doin' That Rag. Good Morning Little Schoolgirl is solid, if typical, and a bit low key. As others have noted, it's at Morning Dew that things blow wide. X factor arrives and Glenn Miller becomes Zen Chiller. This is potent, and Jer just reaches, as the huge B&W picture of Miller on the back wall drips out of the frame, slides to the floor, turns the 90 degree angle, and puddles. Pachouli spinners splash and the droplets colorize. Dew fleets into Dark Star. Others have already raved about this Dark Star, and even though there are so many, this is in the top 10 of '69 for me too. It has a certain flow and the dynamics are in the right places. April was a strong month for Dark Stars [which see 4/27 & 4/17]. There's no wheel-spinning, it just travels straight up the Front Range of the Rockies and spreads out across the continent. As Fixur notes, during this there was a liquid light show and strobe lights; intense! There's a cut @10: 10 but it's probably not very big, and we still have 24mins. St. Stephen is interesting because it's jammed for almost 4mins before the first verse - though nothing very unique develops therein. Just the Stephen through the William Tell bridge and into The Eleven is 21mins. It really gets intense and jammed-out. I don't always queue up for a Death Don't, but you should stick this one out, 'cause it does become a big one, and Jer sticks a pen in his heart and spills all over the stage. After a few listens the crescendos really stuck with me.
Second Set. There was apparently just a short break before they played Alligator, so not really two complete sets. A few seconds are cut from the beginning, and who knows how much is missing from the end jam. Maybe not much because we have over 14mins. The punters had been shouting for Alligator - as with most shows from then until the hiatus. But it makes sense here because this was the song local fans were familiar with (as Aoxomoxoa had not yet been released), they were unfamiliar with most of the first set, and those that saw the '67 shows may have remembered Alligator as a showstopper. It's hard to tell if this was an encore or if there was another song, but as far as this campus ballroom tour goes this was about the average show length and number of songs. If anything, there may have been a Cosmic Charlie. The tranny out of Drums is better on the cotsman_6287.
Overall = B
4 stars H.G.
Morning Dew - zen chiller
Dark Star - splashing psychedelic puddles
The Eleven - intense and jammed-out
Death Don't Have No Mercy - one of the era's best versions
SOURCES: The miller_87378 is the most-recent mastering of the existing SBD. The speed wavers just a bit throughout, being slightly fast at first and then peaking at St. Stephen, which needs -2% pitch correction, the rest needing -1%, except Doin' That Rag (+/-0).
Foxr - Please try to recall the (still blank) setlists of those Family Dog shows for everybody!
Subject: Music and Show
Subject: Walkin that Dog tease
This show is Crazy good , Google the name of Ballroom place is tiny.
oh ya am 54
Subject: Glen Miller Ballroom
Subject: Nice one
It's unfortunate that the tape runs out during the Alligator jam because they are playing well...
Subject: The jams make it happen
Subject: a must
Subject: 1969. Weir was young and Jerry and Pig rocked!!!
Nice guitar and singing on 'Rag'.
Pigpen plays a mean harp on 'Schoolgirl'!
'Morning Dew' is raw and excellent!!
'Dark Star' is slow and meandering... like Jerry is searching for something.. sounds like they might be dosed and no one can find it. After 20min they come back to this dimension and play the end of the song.
They struggle to find 'St Stephen'... Jerry finds it! 6min in Jerry sings a sweet verse and then lays into his guitar and doesn't let up though a killer 'Eleven'!!!
A Deep 'Death'.
Alligator is good. The jam after Drums leads into a 'We bid you good night' jam and then the sound fades out..
Overall a great show in a great place
Subject: age PLEASE
Subject: I attended this show
That being said, I can't fault the quality of the jamming. It's a pretty chaotic show, but parts of it are just spectacular.
Subject: Where's Bobby?
Subject: Great Show
Subject: Dark Star Lovers' Delight
Highlights are plentiful: the Lovelight opener is strong, as well as a nice Schoolgirl with Pig and Garcia trading some hot licks. A fantastically jammed out Morning Dew follows, with Garcia starting from a beautiful whisper and rising to a blinding crescendo. Also a great, jazzy version of the Eleven, and the aforementioned Alligator, with a very nice 'Bid You Goodnight' jam.
But the must-hear highlight is an epic version of Dark Star, one of the very best performances of the song in 1969. I’ve gone back and forth on this a lot, but I think this could be my favorite version of the year, too.
The pre-verses jamming is extraordinary; Garcia’s use of dynamics is simply masterful, escalating and relaxing at the perfect moments. After a brief space, the band launch into a fast paced, psychedelic jazz jam, Garcia, Lesh and the drummers intertwining very nicely. Things become a bit poignant, just before Garcia rides the Dark Star theme powerfully to an intense conclusion.
Subject: The Eleven...11
Subject: The GRATEFUL DEAD "Live On Stage" April 13, 1969 at the Ballroom, Boulder, CO. U.S.A.
40 years ago today the GRATEFUL DEAD performed Live in Boulder, at the Ballroom, where were you?
I couldn't be there in 69, but I showed up today, where were you?
I highly recommend adding this show to your 1969 GRATEFUL DEAD collection.
It's a Charlie Miller transfer. I highly recommend clicking on Charlie Miller's name and collecting all his GRATEFUL DEAD shows, he has impeccable taste.
Eat, Drink, Be Merry, and Listen to the GRATEFUL DEAD.
Thanks for the Love from 1969.
Subject: A hidden Colorado Gem
Playin in the Glenn Miller Ballrooom in the UMC on the Boulder campus, this is a real classic, great sound great great jams and over twenty minute DS & Lovelight.
Don't miss this hidden classic.
Subject: 4-13-69 Boulder
Sound quality is not perfect, there is a slight hiss, and a few defects, but nothing major, very listenable, 4 stars.